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Carbohydrates are polyhydroxy aldehydes (such as glucose) or ketones (such as fructose) constructed from carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen in a proportion that approximates that of a "hydrate of carbon", or CX(H2O)X. Carbohydrates in nutritional science are synonymous with saccharides, a group that includes sugars (mono- and di-) and starches (oligo- and poly-), and provides a useable source of Calories to the body.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Articles on Carbohydrate

Is it better to do aerobic exercise fasted?
Fasted cardio uses more fatty acids while exercising, but over the long term has negligible fat loss benefits. Fasted vs fed has little effect on performance except when nearing maximal effort.
Will carbs make me fat?
They can if you eat more calories than you should be eating, which is definitely a concern as carbohydrates are disconnected from the sensation of fullness in some people (preceding overeating). Inherently though, carbs do not cause more fat gain than the caloric load suggests

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